Steel Cut Oatmeal Crock Pot Directions

I followed these basic steel cut oatmeal crock pot directions and had a healthy breakfast waiting for me in the morning. And, I liked loved it. It all happened overnight in the slow cooker…while I was sleeping in my cozy bed.

Steel Cut Oatmeal Crock Pot Recipe Topped with Blueberries and Walnuts

My morning breakfast: steel cut oats topped with flax seed, blueberries and a sprinkling of walnuts. Sometimes I make up batches of Overnight Oatmeal in a Jar and occasionally I will grab a Banana Oatmeal Cookie on the run.

But, I always eat breakfast and it often involves oatmeal, particularly on a busy weekday.

I’m in a bit of a rut when it comes to the first meal of the day, although I do vary the toppings. At least it is a healthy habit. 🙂

Steel Cut Oatmeal Crock Pot Directions

On the stove-top, it takes about 20 minutes to cook steel cut oats (a.k.a Irish oatmeal.) In the morning, when you are in a hurry, minutes can seem like hours. But, this breakfast is totally worth it. These heartier oats seem to stick to your insides…and will keep you going strong all morning long (at least, according to my mom growing up!)

How to Make Steel Cut Oats in a Crock Pot Overnight

You can have this healthy breakfast…and still have time for an extra cup of coffee because these oats cook beautifully overnight in a crock pot. 🙂

I use a cute little 2 quart crock pot to make 4 servings of oatmeal. (A larger appliance could be used to double or triple this recipe.)

Four servings works out nicely at our house. Hopefully, my daughters or hubby will enjoy a hot bowl. Otherwise, I make up breakfast bowls for the rest of the week.

Basic Ingredients and Mix-ins

For four servings, mix 1 cup of steel cut oats, with 4 cups of water. The stove-top directions are right there on the package and I don’t vary a thing. I just add everything to crock.

I use water because I have family members with food allergies. However, other liquids, such as almond milk could be used.

Steel Cut Oatmeal in a CrockPot

This basic recipes calls for vanilla and cinnamon, which enables you to cut down on the amount of sweetener needed (in my humble opinion.) You can sweeten with a 1/4 cup of brown sugar while it is cooking too. (I didn’t.) Instead, I’ve been adding a dropper of stevia sweetener. (Yes!)

Basic Steel Cut Oatmeal Crockpot Directions

How long do you cook steel cut oats in a crockpot?

Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours. I often cook it for 8 hours (to make it through the night.) If you don’t like your oatmeal on the firm side or find that the it starts sticking to the sides of the crock pot, then add a little extra liquid at the start. Or, stir in some water or milk after they are cooked.

Slow Cooker Cinnamon and Apple Steel Cut Oatmeal

Toppings for Oatmeal

Cover the oatmeal with your favorite toppings:

  • Flax seed
  • Chia seeds
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Nut butters
  • Fresh fruit
  • Dried Fruit
  • Fruit jams (such as blueberry compote or apple butter)
  • Chopped Nuts
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Coconut
  • Granola

Topping for Steel Cut Oatmeal

How Long Can you Keep Oats in the Fridge?

5-7 Days is a good rule of thumb for keeping oats in the refrigerator. Toppings that will stay fresh (i.e., flax seed, chia seeds, dried fruit) can be added beforehand. Or, top it off when you are ready to eat.

Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal Instructions

How to Reheat Steel Cut Oats in the Microwave

Stir in a little water or milk (about 1 Tablespoon) if you don’t like your oats firm. Microwave the container on high in 30 second increments until the steel cut oatmeal reaches the desired temperature. Add any topping as you normally would and enjoy!

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How to Make Steel Cut Oats in a Crock Pot Overnight
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Steel Cut Oatmeal Crock Pot Directions
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
7 hr
Total Time
7 hr 10 mins
 

Steel cut oats cook overnight in the crock pot. A delicious and healthy way to start the day! This is a basic recipe to top with fresh or dried fruit, nuts, seeds and sweetener.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 158 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Sweetener We used 1 dropper of a stevia sweetener
Instructions
  1. Mix first 4 ingredients in a small crock pot.

  2. Cook on low heat for 7-8 hours.
  3. Stir and serve with toppings and sweetener of choice.

Recipe Notes

I used a small 2 quart crock pot like this.

Refrigerates well! To reheat, add 1 Tablespoon liquid (if desired), stir and heat on high in microwave at 30 second intervals until desired temperature is reached.

Nutrition Facts
Steel Cut Oatmeal Crock Pot Directions
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Protein 6g 12%
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 9.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post was originally published on February 26, 2013 and has been updated with new pictures and nutritional information.

Do you know someone who might enjoy these steel cut oatmeal crock pot directions, please pass it along! Enjoy!

How to Make Steel Cut Oatmeal in a Slow Cooker and Tips. Cook oats overnight and enjoy a healthy and hot breakfast - just add your favorite fruits, nuts and toppings.

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Comments

  1. This is what’s for breakfast tomorrow…a deeelish, healthy start to our day! Thanks!

  2. Can the water be substituted with milk in the crock-pot? I don’t like oatmeal with water, when I make it on the stove top I always use milk but, I have to stand over it so it does not boil over.

  3. Can this recipe be used in a larger crockpot? Mine is about 6 quarts and I know some recipes adapt better than others. Thanks!

  4. Tried this, this morning! Turned out exactly as promised, except I chose to add the sugar when I woke up in the morning (My personal preference is a bit sweeter oatmeal) Even my 3 year old liked it! Win win! Crock pot oatmeal has been added to our winter breakfast list! Thank you for sharing it!

  5. I don’t know what went wrong. Tried this twice and both times end up with a goey, mushy, mess. I followed the recipe exactly.

    • I’m so sorry to hear of the problem. It’s hard to diagnose a problem from afar. However, I did use a small-sized crock pot. Also, you may want to adjust to a smaller amount of liquid if you try it again. Thanks for your feedback!

  6. “I used a cute little 2 quart crock-pot for my 4 servings of oatmeal. Yes, 4 servings. ”

    that looks more like a 16 oz. (2 cup) rather than a 2 quart (64 0z) crock.

  7. I am also one of those people who can’t start their day without a good breakfast and while I tend to have diverse breakfast sometimes I am after recipes like this – that don’t take so much time to prepare!

  8. What a great, healthy breakfast. Never thought about doing it in the crock pot but sounds fab!

  9. Oatmeal is so good for your heart and fills you up for ages. Love that you can add your choice of nuts, seeds and fruit to make a healthy breakfast

  10. Nothing better than having breakfast ready for you when you wake up in the morning! Looks like they cook perfectly – thanks for sharing your method.

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